Ok, I’ll date myself. I grew up in the mid-1960’s. I didn’t wear a bicycle helmet. I got to roam and range all over the neighborhood. I went trick or treating with the other neighborhood kids without a parent in sight. I didn’t have a child safety seat in a car. I rode in the bed of pickups. My TV entertainment didn’t teach me the alphabet or how to count, it taught me how to avoid falling off cliffs while chasing roadrunners, and how to avoid an eye poke from Moe of The Three Stooges.
And yet – I survived. (Some would question that, but there are always naysayers, aren’t there?)
It’s a different world today. Safety is paramount in everything we do – or at least, it should be paramount.
You put your child into a car seat. They wear a bicycle helmet. You carefully comb through their treats at Halloween.
And yet – you still go out and dig in the yard without making a call to 811 first.
Let me relate the story of a gentleman who went out to plant a tree one fine morning, plunged his shovel into the earth in his front yard, and promptly cut through a fiber optic line. Not just “a” fiber optic line – it was “the” fiber optic line, delivering media not only to his house, but to his neighbors down the street, too.
Fortunately, the cable provider was able to get a truck out and make repairs, so his neighbors didn’t burn him in effigy. Did I mention that this happened on a Super Bowl Sunday morning? Did I also mention that the cable provider charged this gentleman the cost of the repair? Did I also mention that repairing fiber optic cable isn’t cheap?
Maybe we didn’t think too much about safety when I was growing up, or maybe we were just lucky, or maybe it was a combination of both.
Today, though, there’s no excuse. Use a child seat. Wear a helmet. And call 811 before you dig.
Homeowners can reach us through the new Homeowner Portal at www.texas811.org/homeowner to get their underground utilities located before digging.
Can you be too safe? Not when it comes to locating underground utilities before digging.
As for being poked in the eyes by Moe – well, you’re on your own there, but this brief video might show you how NOT to avoid it! www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScGPRsHSkaE